February 18, 1972 |
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
|Occupation||producer, film director, writer|
Early life and career
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Leigh Scott is the eldest of three children. In 1990, Scott moved to Los Angeles to attend the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Upon graduation in 1994, he went to work for Roger Corman's Concorde Pictures. While working for Corman he learned the basics of low and no budget film production. After leaving Concorde, he went on to produce, direct and star in two feature films Beach House and Art House. Neither film garnered financial or critical success.
After a brief hiatus, he returned to Los Angeles and went to work for independent production company The Asylum. While at The Asylum, he worked on over fifteen films in a span of two years. He has become known for responding directly to his critics on IMDb and has accused his critics of being the same person because as he states "I refuse to believe that there are that many people in the world who could be so vacant."
Currently, Scott is the head of Imaginarium L.L.C. (credited as IFI Studios, Palace/Imaginarium, and Imaginarium Studios), a Connecticut-based film production and distribution company.
Some of his films include Bram Stoker's Dracula's Curse, The Beast of Bray Road, Exorcism: The Possession of Gail Bowers, The 9/11 Commission Report and Transmorphers. According to Keith Phipps of AV Club: "While my curiosity was definitely satisfied, and while it warms the heart that The Asylum is out there finding ways to exploit the public's desire to see cheap versions of what they've seen elsewhere, Transmorphers was actually pretty dull." He was the line producer and even made a brief appearance in H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, one of three 2005 film adaptations of the H.G. Wells novel. Scott also directed and appeared in Pirates of Treasure Island, an adaptation of the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, in which Scott appeared as Ben Gunn. He has also appeared in other film productions by The Asylum, including Invasion of the Pod People, The Apocalypse, and Hillside Cannibals.
His most recent films include Dorothy and the Witches of Oz, The Penny Dreadful Picture Show, and The Lost Girls, all released under the Imaginarium label. He has also co-produced several direct-to-video titles in recent years such as Officer Down, Soldiers of Fortune, and Pawn.
Through his interviews and blogs on Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood, Scott has expressed his political views and is a self described Libertarian with some socially conservative views. His film The 9/11 Commission Report was screened at the conservative Liberty Film Festival. His columns have been quoted by Rush Limbaugh, The New Yorker, and The New York Times and have been reposted on the popular conservative website Hot Air.
- Leigh Scott on Myspace
- Leigh Scott at the Internet Movie Database
- Audio Interview on the Your Video Store Shelf Podcast